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The Dichotomy of Cancer: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

(7) Comments | Posted February 4, 2012 | 10:13 AM

Five years.

It's the milestone. It's the "Hell yeah!" date. I think you're supposed to have a party. And yet, it's also sort of arbitrary when you're talking about breast cancer. After all, I'm only slightly less likely to have a cancer recurrence after five years than I was before...

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Worrisome and Suspicious: A Cancer Glossary

(13) Comments | Posted December 20, 2011 | 11:48 AM

The radiologist wouldn't look at me. Instead she focused her gaze on the films in front of us. "This -- this part right here." She was pointing to a grayish-white area in a sea of more varying shades of gray and white. I saw it, but didn't totally understand what...

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It's My Cancerversary and I'll [Laugh, Cry, Celebrate, Freak Out] If I Want to

(1) Comments | Posted February 2, 2010 | 1:29 PM

We all have milestone dates in our lives. Dates that come around each year that you either dread or celebrate, or perhaps both. The most common -- birthdays -- are universal and completely out of our control, but you never forget your birthday (even if your husband/boyfriend/wife/dog does). Anniversaries, in...

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Give Until it Hurts: I Promise, It'll Feel Good

(3) Comments | Posted December 28, 2009 | 1:39 PM

You've got just a couple of days to sneak in those final contributions for 2009. And your favorite causes need you to stretch your giving.

While the recession seems to be, well, receding, non-profit organizations are still struggling to keep their staff, to fund their programs, and the outlook remains...

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Simulating Reality In The Facebook Era: If You Unfriend Someone, Do They Still Exist?

(4) Comments | Posted November 23, 2009 | 11:45 AM

For those of us over the age of say, 30, navigating social media networking is like learning a new language. We are, as we've been aptly named, digital immigrants. During our formative years -- the ones where we started dating, navigating friendships, figuring out how to stay connected with people...

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Where is the American Piazza? A Search for Unintentional Community

(3) Comments | Posted November 11, 2009 | 5:05 PM

On a recent trip to the tiny mountain village of Scanno, about 2 hours east of Rome, I stood in the Piazza as evening fell and watched as hundreds of the town residents gathered. For no apparent reason. There was no festival or fair. No outdoor concert or play. They...

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In Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Top Ten Things Young Survivors (Probably) Don't Want to Hear

(12) Comments | Posted October 22, 2009 | 4:44 PM

October used to be my favorite month. I live in Half Moon Bay, and the coast becomes an ocean of gorgeous gold pumpkins as far as you can see. The weather is clear and crisp, just cool enough to remind me of autumn in New England where I grew up.

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